Aleesa Cohene (CA)
Reykjavík Museum of Photography
Cohene has been producing videos since the early 2000’s. Born in 1976 in Vancouver, she currently lives in Toronto, Canada, where this spring she will graduate from the Masters of Visual Studies Studio Program.
Aleesa Cohene’s Yes, Angel consists of video clips laboriously edited from hundreds of Hollywood films from the 1980s and 90s. Cohene constructs composite characters that interact in a series of scenes across separate screens within the projection. They, together with an almost mythical narrator, tell a story of great loss, shame and finally, hope. The exhibition space includes a wall painting of a night sky reproduced from the projection and a scent inspired by the smell of blood, created by the artist. Cohene’s Yes, Angel immerses the viewer within a narrative of the traumatic traces left by the AIDS epidemic and with the possibility for personal and collective transformation.